It has been hot and humid in Chicago this holiday weekend and my natural reaction to that is to eat something cool and light. I own a Vita-Mix machine. Some call it a blender, some a food processor. Whatever, I have owned it five years now and use it every day for my morning smoothie if nothing else.
Anyway, I went to their website and they had a section on Green Smoothies. Their reasons included that a green smoothie looks gorgeous, the more you add leafy greens to your diet, the more you will want them.
They offered recipes which included kale and pears and romaine lettuce. They also offered a page with mix and match ingredients.
I made the following from that page.
Ingredients included 1/2 cup broccoli, one banana and one carrot and fruit juice. I used half a cup of apple cider and half a cup of orange juice. To that you need to add a cup or ice. Throw it all in the Vita-Mix and blend it up for about 45 seconds.
In case you have never heard of the Vita-Mix blender, I suggest you check them out on their website.
They are very high-powered machines that pulverize fruits and veggies. In my morning smoothie, I include strawberries which are washed, but the leaves are still attached. If you are a Costco customer, you have probably seen them demoed there.
The smoothie came out lovely. It breaks down as follows:
Calories – 267
Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 0 mg
Sodium – 222.5 mg
Carbohydrate 62 grams
Fiber 6 grams
Protein 6.3 grams
A nice change of pace for hot July days.